Film 4: Monday 25 May, 6.50pm
Students Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess meet at the University of Edinburgh on St Swithin’s Day in 1988. To a lilting score by Rachel Portman, Lone Scherfig’s film of the David Nicholls bestseller charts their relationship on the same day – July 15 – for the next 16 or so years. Yes, it does seem a day too much. It isn’t Bernard Slade’s Broadway play Same Time, Next Year and it’s certainly not Nora Ephron’s When Harry Met Sally… It’s Erich Segal’s Love Story. But not one for the ages. A fuss was made over Miss Hathaway’s Yorkshire accent and, it’s true, she’d stand out in Emmerdale. But not for her accent surely. Not for the first time, Sturgess is underwhelming in a ‘wasted youth’ role while the excellent Romola Garai and Ken Stott are wasted in thankless supporting parts. As for Rafe Spall, he appears to be impersonating Steve Coogan’s Alan Partridge.